Drinking tea is an experience: there are so many different types- almost every culture around the world drinks tea. I love holding a warm steamy mug, enjoying the intoxicating flavors and aromas and hearing where in the world the tea came from. January is national tea month and I celebrated by visiting the loose leaf tea store with Patrick and picking out interesting new ingredients to make our own tea bags. We stopped by Global Infusion, (Patrick’s favorite place ever) in East Hills.
At home, we combined the ingredients in two separate bowls. The different colors are so vibrant, especially the rich berries and bright lemon peel, and everything smelled incredible. One spoonful of tea filled each heat sealing tea bag. I bought a pack (I think there were fifty bags) from Global Infusions a few months ago for less than five dollars. If you aren't from this area, you can also purchase them online from frontiercoop.com. The opening of the bag can be sealed with just your iron at home, its very easy. With my fancy punch and a bird stamp (from the Goodwill, of course) I made tags and sewed them to the bags. Patrick's tags are white and mine are cream colored. Just like that you can have your own handmade tea bags! If you don't want the hassle of making each tea bag, you can skip the entire process and steep the loose leaf tea in an infuser tea ball. Either way, I promise it will taste and smell a million times better than any prepackaged tea from the grocery store.